Choreography: Jackie Manyaapelo and Mzokuthula Gasa
Text from Steve Biko’s various texts
And some by Mandla Mbothwe
Musical direction: Nolufefe Mtshabe
Sound: Elvis Sibeko
Multimedia: Sanjin Muftic
Costume: Leigh Bishop
Lighting: Bamanye Yeko
Set: Nic Mayer
For many generations, black people lifted up their hands so high in providing Ubuntu led civilized progressions, that one day they were made to believe that those hands, those ideas, were demonic, uncivilized and negatively primitive. A time came when they again gained the confidence to lift their hands once more in their life, but still they were ignored and were again made to disappear from view. They were buried, but little did they know that they were Nguvu yaMbegu, “the power of the seed”. The hands grew back up in multiples. That is the magic of towering people, when they are not buried, they are planted and, like seeds, they come back up multiplied.
Directed by Mandla Mbothwe and featuring the talents of both senior dance and theatre students from the recently merged Centre for Theatre, Dance & Performance Studies, In His Quest embodies a continuation of the pursuit for meaning in Steve Bantu Biko’s statement and mission towards a “Society with a more Human Face”.
By combining the creative genius of choreographers Jackie Manyaapelo and Mzokuthula Gasa with musical direction by Nolufefe Mtshabe, In His Quest emerges with fresh, energetic representations of Biko’s words and quest.
A visual and sensory exploration of thoughts and ideals through dreamlike imagery, merging multimedia, dance and performance to create a modern telling of an age-old struggle for identity, consciousness and dignity.
In His Quest runs from the 16th to the 24th May
Show times are 20h00 with a matinee on Saturday 19th May starting at 15h00.
Free parking is available and bar facilities are available at the Little Theatre Café on site.